Tony Perkins temporarily at pulpit in Baton Rouge
GREENWELL SPRINGS- Tony Perkins, the chief of the Family Research Council, has taken over the reigns of a baptist church here.
Perkins is filling-in as interim pastor at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church while church leaders look for a new senior leader. Perkins has held services the last few weekends, and is expected to guide worship services into July.
Perkins is temporarily leading the congregation since Pastor Dennis Terry left. Terry made controversial statements from the pulpit during the presidential campaign last year.
"If you don't love America, and you don't like the way we do things, then I have one thing to say: 'get out!'"
"I said we don't worship Buddah, we don't worship Mohammed, we don't worship Allah, we worship God," he added.
Terry received flack for making statements about other religions while then-presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in attendance.
Later, he told WBRZ News 2 in an exclusive interview, "I'm just amazed at how people are misquoting the things that I said... And how they have twisted it and edited just to put across YouTube."
Terry left the church months later for another church in Alabama, unrelated to the controversial fire-and-brimstone sermon.
A spokesperson at the Family Research Council said Perkins splits his time between Washington, D.C., where the FRC is headquartered, and Baton Rouge. He is a member of the church.
Most recently, Perkins provided commentary on decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with gay marriage and the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act.
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